Tia-Claire Toomey is hopeful to make the 2016 Rio Olympics team for weightlifting.
Tia-Claire Toomey is hopeful to make the 2016 Rio Olympics team for weightlifting. Mike Richards

Toomey top contender for spot in 2016 Rio Olympics

TIA-Clair Toomey has had a brilliant campaign today in Brisbane at the Australian Open for weightlifting.

She won five of six lifts in the 58kg category and this feat has made her the number one contender to grab the final spot in the Aussie team for the Rio Olympics next year.

"I got five out of six lifts and have successfully hit 83kg in my snatch which is a personal best," a delighted Toomey said.

"I also got a PB in the 111kg in my clean and jerk where I cleared 113kg but I failed in the 113kg jerk unfortunately."

While the chances of her grabbing the last spot for Rio are high, Toomey is not taking things for granted.

"There were only four people in my category today, but I was competing for the top spot in Australia and I am now the number one contender to compete for the Olympics for Australia," Toomey added.

"We have another comp in May 2016 for the other females to have another opportunity, there are a number of ladies fighting for this position.

"I'm happy with my performance but I still need to train hard to make sure I can fight to keep my place and the body is feeling good, I'm going to have a rest and then get back into it."
 



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